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Fears of more violence after second Hindu leader killed in Orissa

ICC Note: This story gives more information about the murder of a Hindu leader in Orissa, which is what sparked the last wave of anti-Christian violence.

by Jenna Lyle
03/25/09 India (ChristianToday.com) – The murder of a second Hindu fundamentalist leader in Orissa has sparked fears of a fresh wave of violence.

The culprits are believed to be Maoist rebels, according to Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC).

VOMC said that around 15 men attacked and shot Prabbhat Panigrahi, a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu fundamentalist group. Last year, dozens of people, mainly Christians, were killed and tens of thousands displaced when Maoists killed another leader of the group.

The Hindus blamed Christians for last year’s killing and are pointing the finger at the Christian community for the latest murder.

Panigrahi was recently released from prison after being arrested in connection with the anti-Christian riots. The Maoists have issued a hit list of 14 RSS leaders to be targeted, allegedly because of their involvement in the anti-Christian activities.

The RSS is a male-only organisation which seeks to promote nationalism amongst the Hindus of India. They have accused Christians of being in league with the Maoists in this and in previous killings. Some even claim that the Maoists are the “paid goons” of the church… [Go To Full Story]